National Newswatch

Canada faces uphill struggle in push for WTO reforms

Jan 26 2022 — Alex Binkley — Agriculture got some attention at an international trade ministers meeting,   Ottawa-Two late January meetings have shown both the progress and the long road ahead to achieve a strengthening of the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that was launched almost four areas ago. That’s when Canada joined by Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European […]

Canada joins Mexico’s official complaint arguing U.S. violating new trade pact over auto parts provision

Jan 13 2022 — Ashley Burke — Canada is joining Mexico’s official complaint today requesting a dispute settlement panel over claims the U.S. is violating the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement on trade, the new NAFTA, by insisting on a stricter way of interpreting a key provision around auto parts. Motor vehicles are the top manufactured trade product between the three countries. Canada argues that […]

Canada, U.S. officials to meet in bid to resolve P.E.I. potato dispute

Jan 11 2022 — Katie Simpson — Canadian and U.S. officials are scheduled to meet this week to see if progress can be made to end a dispute that resulted in Canada suspending all shipments of potatoes from Prince Edward Island to the United States. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will have a virtual conversation with their U.S. counterparts […]

Both sides claim victory after U.S. complaint about Canada’s dairy quota practices

Jan 4 2022 — — Arbitrators have issued their final report into U.S. complaints about how Canada is interpreting North American trade rules around dairy imports — and both countries are claiming victory. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai formally requested a dispute settlement panel last May to examine allegations from American producers that Canada is denying them fair access to […]

Trudeau Weighs Auto-Content Rules as Next U.S. Trade Flashpoint

Nov 29 2021 — Stephen Wicary — Justin Trudeau appears set to add another item to his government’s growing list of trade grievances with Joe Biden’s administration. Canada is leaning toward forming a common front with Mexico in a fight with the U.S. over how to interpret rules governing the origin of vehicle parts. The rules, which are part of the North […]

Simmering Canada-U.S. trade dispute erupts into the open

Oct 23 2021 — Alexander Panetta — An emerging trade irritant between Canada and the United States that had been quietly simmering for months has now bubbled into the open. The Canadian government sent a letter to nearly a dozen senior U.S. officials Friday expressing dismay over an idea being considered in a key American budget bill. As reported last week by […]

Canada ready to push back against Joe Biden’s Buy American pledge, trade minister says

Aug 3 2021 — — The minister responsible for international trade says Canada is well-positioned and ready to push back against a proposed massive new infrastructure bill that strengthens U.S. President Joe Biden’s Buy American pledge. The U.S. Senate on Monday began debating the $1 trillion USD spending plan, which promises historic investments in everything from the nation’s railways to […]

U.S. protectionism poses threat to Canadian canola

Jun 21 2021 — Alex Binkley — Biden needs to press for international trade reform.   Ottawa—Buy America and other protection measures being considered in Washington pose a threat to Canadian farmers who export to the U.S., says Dave Carey, Vice-President of Government and Industry Relations for the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). Canadian agriculture is heavily export oriented and that makes […]